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post #21 of 275
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Originally Posted by sky_and_lavender View Post

I am having the most amazing experience in this pregnancy. I'm 25 weeks and feeling happy, energetic (mostly), and just generally well. Such a contrast to my last pregnancy.  My life is very different, and I'm so different. I am so thankful for everything!

 

 

clap.gifthat`s awesome 

 

 

It`s pretty hard for me to enjoy 100% my pregnancy. After almost 2 years o TTC we got pregnant, and I`m afraid for my baby, I`m anxious. Especially because I have a low placenta, I sometimes bleed, that freaks me out every single time. Also my whole pregnancy I`m having menstrual-like cramps, and now this strange CM. All I want is to have my baby healthy in my arms.

post #22 of 275

I've been feeling pretty good.  I'm really enjoying this part of pregnancy where I look more pregnant and I can feel the baby moving and I don't feel sick all the time.  With chiropractic, massage, yoga and a body pillow, I am not feeling a lot of aches and pains.  I sometimes get some heartburn, but a glass of almond milk usually helps.  I get tired and out of breath more quickly, but I don't feel like my belly gets in the way unless I am bending forward.  Getting in and out of the car is harder with the belly.

post #23 of 275
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Originally Posted by ulybka312 View Post

It`s pretty hard for me to enjoy 100% my pregnancy. After almost 2 years o TTC we got pregnant, and I`m afraid for my baby, I`m anxious. Especially because I have a low placenta, I sometimes bleed, that freaks me out every single time. Also my whole pregnancy I`m having menstrual-like cramps, and now this strange CM. All I want is to have my baby healthy in my arms.

 

I'm sorry for all you're going through with this pregnancy. I really hope that you get some help that will give you confidence and keep both you and the baby well.

 

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I've been feeling pretty good.  I'm really enjoying this part of pregnancy where I look more pregnant and I can feel the baby moving and I don't feel sick all the time.  With chiropractic, massage, yoga and a body pillow, I am not feeling a lot of aches and pains.  I sometimes get some heartburn, but a glass of almond milk usually helps.  I get tired and out of breath more quickly, but I don't feel like my belly gets in the way unless I am bending forward.  Getting in and out of the car is harder with the belly.

So nice to hear! I also feel like all the body work and body awareness stuff (plus meditation/prayer/etc.) is helping me so much. It's a lot of work but so worth it!

post #24 of 275

thank you sky_and lavender!

post #25 of 275
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I'm really enjoying this part of pregnancy where I look more pregnant and I can feel the baby moving

 

I feel the same.  I finally look pregnant, finally feeling kicking, not so big that I can still get around good and able to do yoga, etc.  This feels like the 'honeymoon' phase of pregnancy for me.  Other than craving the occasional margarita, I wouldn't mind being pregnant all of the time!  champagne.gif

post #26 of 275
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Originally Posted by JNajla View Post

  This feels like the 'honeymoon' phase of pregnancy for me.  Other than craving the occasional margarita, I wouldn't mind being pregnant all of the time!  champagne.gif

 

I completely agree!  Except for the margarita part, but a gin and tonic or some fancy cocktail would be lovely!

post #27 of 275
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Originally Posted by JNajla View Post

 

I feel the same.  I finally look pregnant, finally feeling kicking, not so big that I can still get around good and able to do yoga, etc.  This feels like the 'honeymoon' phase of pregnancy for me.  Other than craving the occasional margarita, I wouldn't mind being pregnant all of the time!  champagne.gif

Hahahah, yes!  Prior to my mega-cold bug I was feeling the same way - definitely in the honeymoon phase.  I am even enjoying a much clearer complexion.  Too bad that will go away once my hormones return to pre-pregs state ... :-/

post #28 of 275
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spotty4 you still sick?

 

I'm feeling pretty great again, I think I just needed more sleep. I'm a lot bigger this time around and have been outgrowing my clothes every couple weeks (yes even my maternity clothes).

A bit curious for those of you who have done this a few times, does each pregnancy get a little harder or not really. I was thinking maybe it had to do with getting older, cause the first one was sooo much easier (but then again I didn't' have a child then either). 

 

kitteh My 3yo nicknamed me pregasaurus and it made me think of you :)

post #29 of 275
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Originally Posted by littlegreenlady View Post

spotty4 you still sick?

 

 

My cold is hanging on, but I am improving w/ each day.  At least now I am back to functioning normally and not completely drained and a useless zombie!

post #30 of 275

I feel like I'm going downhill as I approach the third trimester.  Hopefully it's just because we just returned from a long tiring trip.  I got worn out and it has taken me about 2 weeks to get over bronchitis.  The last couple of days I have a stomach ache off and on.  During the night I though it was going to be full blown rotavirus or something, but it never got that bad.  I wonder if it has to do with taking Tylenol.  I wouldn't think so, since Tylenol affects the liver more than the stomach, but it's the only thing that's different.  I hate taking Tylenol, but I have a monster toothache.  I saw the dentist yesterday and he says I need a root canal.  He drilled out the previous filling, the cavity underneath, and removed the nerve...yuck.  He put in a temporary filling.  I told him I'd rather remive the tooth than have a root canal because I've researched about root canals leading to chronic health problems from undetected bacteria festering in there. (Winston Price's work in case you want to look into it.)  So now I have a referral to an oral surgeon.  I'm just going to see how it goes and if I stay out of pain (the pain now is from the swelling from the procedure) and keep my fingers crossed that I make it until after the baby is born.

My hemoglobin is low again which contributes to why I feel so warn out.

Boy, what a lot of complaining!  Sorry. 

The good side is I love feeling the baby rolling around all the time.  I'm not huge yet; only occasionally do I feel like I waddle ;-)  I took today off work (skipped a seminar) to stay home and rest and recover this weekend.  Yay for me!  Nothing like a found day!

post #31 of 275
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Originally Posted by littlegreenlady View Post

 

 

A bit curious for those of you who have done this a few times, does each pregnancy get a little harder or not really. I was thinking maybe it had to do with getting older, cause the first one was sooo much easier (but then again I didn't' have a child then either). 

 

 

 

I think there are too many factors to say.  This is my fifth pregnancy.  I think I was actually the least nauseous, but the most fatigued in the first trimester.  Second trimester hasn't been bad, but probably more fatigue still than previously.  Then again, I just turned 40 and have 4 little kids...and I really only noticed how tired (and swollen) I was when we walked around Disney World.  The SPD was terrible last time, so far that's been pretty nonexistant.  So each pregnancy has been a bit different.  At least this will be the easiest birth *fingers crossed.*

post #32 of 275

It's crazy what an effect hormones can have.  This time my second trimester was pretty easy - good energy, no sickness, increase in sex drive...all pretty cool.  But as soon as I hit the third trimester mark (not exactly what "they" say is third trimester, but definitely must have been "it" for me), I had a major change in hormones.  I feel much more sleepy, much less energy, more emotional, less sexual, my appetite has decreased (smushed stomach), but my caloric needs haven't really changed, which is hard to manage because I'm often too distracted by my toddler to notice my early hunger cues, so end up realizing that I am famished at an inconvenient moment.

 

My last pregnancy was a cakewalk compared to this one...I'm not entirely sure that it's not just because circumstances are different, but it's not like I wasn't busy before, so the differences have to be hormonal! Last time at about this point in pregnancy, it was summertime and about 100 degrees, we were sleeping on the couch because it was the only room with a/c, and I was walking several miles per day to and from work, where I was many times on my feet for a lot of the day.  And I was putting in some overtime.  I do remember it getting harder towards the middle of the third trimester before, just because I was so big, well, DS was really big and pressing on a nerve, so all my walking was really hard.  But I still felt pretty good up until the very end.  This time I have my two year old to take care of, which is sort of like dealing with the interns at work, but I got to send them home at the end of the day!! Lol.  So I think this pregnancy IS just harder, for whatever reason, than my last.  I don't think it really has to do with the fact that I am slightly older or that it's a second pregnancy, I think, at least for me, that this pregnancy is just different.  Which I'm hoping is true, since we always wanted 3 kids - I still can have hope that a third pregnancy will be as easy as my first!

post #33 of 275

Like BabySmurf, I felt an early shift from 2nd trimester vibes to more 3rd trimester vibes around 25 weeks. Luckily, it wasn't a really strong shift--I have still felt great (especially compared to my last pregnancy) for the most part, but not as "la-la-la everything is wonderful and I barely notice I'm pregnant." I feel like my emotions have shifted from happy-go-lucky to more solid and determined and a little less fun. I feel less like an individual woman who is a mother and more like the Institution of Motherhood who balances self and others/inner and outer, and has a greater motivation for work, patience and compassion. I feel more mature than I did a few weeks ago! Weird!

 

This is only my second pregnancy. My first was in my early 30s. Now I'm 35. I fully expected my advanced age and the fact that I'm a SAHM to make this pregnancy really hard. Instead, it has been wonderful on every level. I attribute a lot of that to being in much better emotional and physical health this time around. I also think it helps that I went very far out of my way when I learned I was pregnant to make having a happy and healthy pregnancy and shift to next motherhood my absolute priority. My husband has supported me in that and it has been wonderful for both of us.
 

post #34 of 275

I hit 28 weeks this week & I feel very 3rd trimesterish. I have to wake up to roll myself over even though this is the least amount of weight I've ever gained. I have had varicosities w/ my last 2 pregnancies but these (4th pregnancy) have begun to travel down my leg & though I am 31 my right leg looks like it belongs to a 60 year old woman. They ache & throb & feel like a constant bruise. I feel bad refusing my lap to my 3 year old because it's just pretty tender. I finally broke down & asked husband for some money for a support belt as I stand a good bit of the day & he was happy to oblige. I am going to try to minimize that a bit more as this 3rd trimester kicks off.

I'm very thankful winter is almost over & hauling the wood in should be over soon. The varicosities always go away post-partum I am hopeful of the varicose veins going away too, but I doubt it. I feel certain that's the reason I've never seen my grandmothers legs. My paternal & maternal grandmothers had varicose veins pretty badly & passed them on to my sister & I.

BUT other than that I feel great, have gotten our family/ home school on a great new working routine to get as much done as possible before baby comes & I feel closer to this baby than my first 3 though I'm not sure why. We were playing a game last night (I think) when baby was particularly active, baby would give some flutter punches & I would press back as hard as I could & talk. I just know we were meaningfully interacting & that's a first for me.

post #35 of 275

I identify with many of you - beginning the 3rd trimester I've started feeling a lot more tired and hormonal again. Not near as tired and hormonal as the 1st trimester, but the "blah" feeling has definitely returned. I was wondering what was wrong with me...encouraged reading some of you are feeling the same thing! :)

post #36 of 275

I'm 26 weeks today and I am definitely feeling more pregnant. I feel bigger and I am more aware that there is a baby in my belly who is growing and growing.  It's not bad, but it's much more noticeable.  I'm trying to rest when I can and exercise and stretch to keep things from getting too sore or uncomfortable.  Here's to the third trimester starting!  champagne.gif

post #37 of 275

Oy vey!  My face is breaking out like crazy!!  Last week was super emotional.  I had a small breakdown after some incredibly belittling texts from my big brother who disowned me about 6 years ago.  His wife is currently pregnant with their first and due about 2 weeks ahead of me.  He has never been kind with his words, but being extra hormonal already just set me over the edge (especially after thinking that maybe having babies at the same time was going to somehow bring us back together, even if only small steps were being taken).  I can only imagine this is why I'm breaking out so much, as my diet hasn't really changed too much.  Actually I think I am even eating better than before as DP is back on his gluten free diet, which cuts out a lot of wheat for me as well (mainly sugary snacks as that is our gluten weakness!).

 

Other than that I am feeling pretty well at 25 weeks today!  Sleep is sometimes difficult, I often have to get out of bed early because my body (mainly right hip and shoulder) just start to ache like crazy.  My calves have been getting cramps at night.  My acupuncturist has recommended a magnesium supplement that also contains valerian.  Hopefully this will help me get some better sleep these next few months!  Everyone keeps telling me to sleep as much as I can now as I won't be sleeping much once Baby comes. 

 

I wouldn't feel sooooo pregnant if people (especially mothers!!) would stop telling me how huge I am!  Someone last night told me that a friend of theirs just had a baby at full term and she was my size now.  Great, thanks.  It's hard for my brain to tune out all these people.  Luckily I have a few other women who keep saying "good for you!" when I tell them how much weight I've gained thus far (30+lbs). 

 

Ah the joys of other people's opinions!

post #38 of 275
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I wouldn't feel sooooo pregnant if people (especially mothers!!) would stop telling me how huge I am!  Someone last night told me that a friend of theirs just had a baby at full term and she was my size now.  Great, thanks.  It's hard for my brain to tune out all these people.  Luckily I have a few other women who keep saying "good for you!" when I tell them how much weight I've gained thus far (30+lbs). 

 

Ah the joys of other people's opinions!

 

That is annoying!  Every woman carries differently.  It has nothing much to do with when you are due or how big the baby is.  It's just about your body type.  People seem to think I am further along than I am because my belly is so big, but I know that half of that is not the baby.  I don't feel like saying, "I still have 3 months to go, I was just fatter when I started out and I'm bloated.  Thanks for the reminder."  Oh well!  I love my belly and I'm sure you look fabulous too!

post #39 of 275

How frustrating when people comment on your size and compare you to others! At this phase of my last pregnancy (or maybe around 30 weeks) I had strangers literally calling to me from their cars, "how much longer?!" It was kind of funny, but they acted like they felt sorry for me when I was feeling okay, really. I'm just short and my baby was all in my front.

 

These past few weeks have been a challenge. I was feeling so great before this. Then I caught a bad virus (flu?) and was sick but not able to rest at first. Then my daughter caught it and was sick in bed for 4 days, and still has a cough and runny nose/congestion! She's never really been sick before, so I wasn't very good at doing the "mothering a sick child" thing. Didn't have a routine in place for that. I had been recovering but then got sick all over again with a sinus infection so bad that the pain in my face sometimes was much stronger than anything birth-related, and I was basically non-functional and had to have my husband take off of work (thank goodness he has a million sick days built up, but he's already so busy at work...) Today is the first day in a couple of weeks where I feel I am definitely getting better. I can think again and act fully motherly.

 

But the process brought up so many issues.

 

1.) Taking care of one sick child while I was sick felt nearly impossible, How will I do it when my daughter starts spending more time in groups (maybe school? we're not really homeschoolers but we just aren't into tons of early socialization with peer groups) and gets sick all the time, and shares the illnesses with us, including the new baby?

2.) Being in this pained, sick state for so long reminded me of the physicality of taking care of a newborn. It was so intensely physical and full of fluids and primal feelings and just really hard. I kind of dread the newborn stage, although I am really looking forward to the many sweet moments mixed in.

 

Anyway, sinus inflammation is common in pregnancy, and I had been ignoring mine since I didn't find it annoying. In retrospect, if I had been using a neti pot regularly and tried to reduce my inflammation there, I might not have been as susceptible to the massive sinus infection. I noticed last time in pregnancy I only had sinus issues at the very end, so maybe the 3rd trimester is ripe for those. Learn from my experience, please, and take good care of your sinuses NOW! smile.gif

 

Spring has sprung in our area, and I'm hoping this weekend I can get back on track with all our nesting projects.

post #40 of 275

Pokey, I'm with you!  I love my belly and wouldn't trade it for anything! stillheart.gif

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